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“One word, Ma’am,” he said, coming back from the fire; limping, because of the pain. “One word. All you’ve been saying is quite right, I shouldn’t wonder. I’m a chap who always liked to know the worst and then put the best face I can on it. So I won’t deny any of what you said. But there’s one more thing to be said, even so. Suppose we have only dreamed, or made up, all those things-trees and grass and sun and moon and stars and Aslan himself. Suppose we have. Then all I can say is that, in that case, the made-up things seem a good deal more important than the real ones. Suppose this black pit of a kingdom of yours is the only world. Well, it strikes me as a pretty poor one. And that’s a funny thing, when you come to think of it. We’re just babies making up a game, if you’re right. But four babies playing a game can make a play-world which licks your real world hollow. That’s why I’m going to stand by the play world. I’m on Aslan’s side even if there isn’t any Aslan to lead it. I’m going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn’t any Narnia. So, thanking you kindly for our supper, if these two gentlemen and the young lady are ready, we’re leaving your court at once and setting out in the dark to spend our lives looking for Overland. Not that our lives will be very long, I should think; but that’s a small loss if the world’s as dull a place as you say.”

-Puddleglum in The Silver Chair (Lewis), 144-145.

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[posting][original non-fiction] Artificial Intelligence and Human Enhancement: Exploring the Human in Alternative Identities

“Knocking at the doors of human perception” is how Tim Adams describes the exploration of human selfhood in the form of transhumanism. As traditional notions of “human” have been challenged by postmodern thought, which questions universal modes of meaning and legitimation (New Keywords, 270), a complex discourse regarding “the human” has arisen thanks to increased… Continue reading [posting][original non-fiction] Artificial Intelligence and Human Enhancement: Exploring the Human in Alternative Identities

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[review] Why Science Is Wrong …About Almost Everything (Alex Tsakiris)

Recently, there has been an academic and social backlash towards the elitism of the scientific community as new slogans have arisen. "Science is a construct", taken at face value, is one of those popular buzzwords that should - and must - be brought into question. A better statement to theorize is: the trajectory of current… Continue reading [review] Why Science Is Wrong …About Almost Everything (Alex Tsakiris)

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[conversation] Solo: A Star Wars Story – and the Kessel Run Conundrum

I initially enjoyed Solo: A Star Wars story, and agree (along with Ben Shapiro and Redlettermedia) that Solo is by no means the worst Star Wars film out there. However, there were a few issues with it - and oddly enough, after a lot of thought, I came to the decision that I didn't like… Continue reading [conversation] Solo: A Star Wars Story – and the Kessel Run Conundrum

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[posting][opinion] Distortions In Time: A Character’s Eucatastrophe

A reviewer recently posted a review for Chapter 58. At the end of the review, they state: Again, I am weary [wary] of this story, I love it and I’m exited, but reading some of your comments I get a bit nervous. Like, how Loki has good intentions, but that doesn’t always lead to good… Continue reading [posting][opinion] Distortions In Time: A Character’s Eucatastrophe

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“All of us are engaged daily with works of art, even if we are neither professionals nor amateur artists. We read books, we listen to music, we look at posters, we admire flower arrangements. Art, as I am using the word, does not include just “high art”, that is, painting, sculpture, poetry, classical music, but also the more popular expressions – the novel, the theatre, the cinema, popular music and rock. In fact, there is a very real sense in which the Christian life itself should be our greatest work of art. Even for the great artist, the most crucial work of art is his life.”

-Art and the Bible, Francis Schaeffer, 49.

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[posting][school] Digitizing Nature: Negotiating and Mobilizing the Virtual

Meet Hydria, my virtual succulent garden in a pot, which is looking rather dry. I would like to think that if Hydria were located on my smartphone and not on my tablet, I would care for her better. The truth is that my forgetfulness has killed more than one plant before, and Hydria may be… Continue reading [posting][school] Digitizing Nature: Negotiating and Mobilizing the Virtual